NOTES FROM THE TRAIL

Arizona -Why We CAN'T WAIT

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Posted on April 24, 2010 by juan | Post a comment

From: Fredericksburg, VA

 

Today, at 1:30 p.m. our country took a step backward in its evolution as Governor Brewer of Arizona signed Senate Bill 1070 into law –legalizing racial profiling as a tool for immigration enforcement by local police. In three months, this law will take effect and automatically begin criminalizing more than 1/10 of Arizona’s population.

 

I was with Gaby this afternoon when the announcement came in from Arizona. Gaby looked at me and said, “Is this possible? This is like a flashback to the KKK rally that happened in Nahunta, GA.” The hatred in this country continues to spread and being enacted as policy. Advocates are calling this situation a racial reign of terror.

 

I’m reminded of my friend Shu, who told me long before Gaby about how this country had declared war against itself… and against the very principles that our nation was founded on and meant to defend.

 

America, is this what family unity looks like?

 

 

A child held behind the same cell with his parents simply because they had no form of access to legalizing their status, or simply didn’t have the necessary racial and economic privilege to attain it?

 

Is this what equality looks like?

 

 

A student having every possible qualification for higher education but being turned away solely because she cannot show a valid social security number, or a visa?

 

Is this what we have allowed Arizona to become?

 

 

Obama said it himself today: "Our failure to act responsibly at the federal level will only open the door to irresponsibility by others"

 

We will hold him to his word and expect congress and his administration to act responsibly to respond immediately to this human rights crisis.

 

We must reform the immigration system in our country so that it treats all people humanely.

 

We must demand an end to the deportations and to the separation of families! 

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Posted by: Emily on April 24, 2010, 8:03 p.m.

in solidarity in NC with all the Dreamers in this country. keep pushing forward. justice is on our side.

Posted by: Renata on April 27, 2010, 9:21 a.m.

We need a comprehensive immigration now!!